Leading researchers, practitioners and policy experts on the social safety net and tax policy gathered to discuss how households experience income volatility and ways current policies help or hinder families predict and plan for tax obligations and windfalls. The conversation included insights from research published by the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center “Income Volatility: New Research…

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Highlights: Financial Empowerment and the Tax Time Moment

  Intuit Tax and Financial Center, the National Consumer League, and the American Bankers Association Foundation hosted a Capitol Hill event, with a keynote from U.S. Treasurer Jovita Carranza, on ways that consumers can use tax refunds to benefit their financial health, as well as ways the government is helping people make the most of their Tax…

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“In spite of all the complexity, the tax season can be a very powerful time to encourage individuals and families to review their finances and to commit to saving for the future,” said the Honorable Jovita Carranza, Treasurer of the United States, in her keynote remarks at the September 25th event Financial Empowerment and the…

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The Demand for Small Dollar Loans

An unbelievable forty-four (44%) percent of adults say they either could not cover an emergency expense of $400, or would cover it by selling something or borrowing money, according to the 2016 Federal Reserve’s Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households. Obviously, access to credit helps people manage the unexpected expenses that are a part…

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Across the country, there is a growing – and overdue – awareness of the need to increase our focus on science, technology engineering and math education, or STEM for short. We at Intuit also include the arts, “STEAM” education, because artists are critically important in the technology workforce. Graphic designers, for example, can play an…

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Technology and innovation are transforming many sectors of our economy. It is incumbent on policymakers, the administration and industry to marry these innovations with transparency and consumer protections to foster strong economic growth and spur small business growth. In today’s economic environment, small businesses urgently need new sources of capital to fund operations, build inventories,…

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It’s tax time again.  While it may not be everyone’s favorite time of the year, for millions of Americans it also means refund time.  And, with tax reform now at the top of the national agenda, it’s also worth remembering that the annual tax filing ritual has tremendous potential benefits. In fact, direct citizen engagement…

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The Asset Learning Conference Recap: How Tax Time Can Build Financial Security

At first glance, it may seem that the ideas of paying taxes and helping people build financial security are at odds with each other. And that Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen would be an unlikely headliner at the Corporation for Enterprise Development’s biennial Assets Learning Conference. Those perceptions would be wrong. Speaking during the…

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Today’s students face a world full of challenges. And a future full of opportunity.  New industries and emerging technologies are all interconnected globally.  Given these challenges, education and training have never been more important. Together, they represent a dividing line between economic opportunity and economic limitations. As millions of students go back to school this fall,…

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